Real Madrid are preparing to open official talks with Liverpool over a £45m deal for Raheem Sterling, reports The Sun.
The Reds are set to fly to the Spanish capital for a friendly between the two clubs on June 14th and Anfield officials are expected to travel with the squad to meet with their Bernabeu counterparts.
In fact Real Madrid will send their top transfer chief Jose Angel Sanchez to hold a face-to-face meeting with Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre to try and thrash out a deal.
A Real Madrid source is quoted in the same report as saying: “A deal for Sterling is possible.
“He is definitely on the agenda and a deal could happen very soon if Liverpool want to do business.”
President Florentino Perez is set to confirm the arrival of Rafa Benitez tomorrow and the former Liverpool boss sees Sterling as one of his priority targets.
Liverpool will demand £60m for their wantaway starlet, who has already made it clear that he does not want to stay at the club past the summer.
Ready to leave
Sterling has already rejected a £100,000-a-week deal and his agent has claimed that not even £900,000-a-week could convince him to extend his current contract.
The 20-year-old had been tipped to join one of several Premier League clubs chasing his signature with Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all in the frame.
Liverpool ready to sell?
However, seeing Sterling move to La Liga will surely be preferable for Brendan Rodgers and Co. than strengthening a direct rival. That could mean that they accept significantly less than their £60m asking price.
But Real Madrid will also need to convince Sterling, who is rumoured to be after a return to his hometown of London, to leave England.
Gareth Bale moved to the Bernabeu two-years ago but has been subjected to the wrath of both the fans and the local media.
Sterling would take note of the way Real Madrid fans like to scapegoat certain players and will also worry about the lack of game time he will receive in one of the world's strongest squads.
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